Mikey’s the Big Winner!!
That’s right, ladies and gentleman…
I came. I saw. I commented. I won… A blog contest.
In particular I won some rocking chicken art from the very talented Sarah Hudock of Lighthearted Art thanks to a contest sponsored by Tilly’s Nest, one of the most informative and entertaining chicken-centric sites out there. Seriously, if you haven’t been reading… you need to be.
Just don’t expect to win this. It recently arrived and is already complementing my coop.
Sarah’s art is perfect for sprucing up anything – inside or out – as her tin easily wipes off and resists the weather. Since this beautiful piece has a little bit of a feminine flair, I figured our girls would love it.
To digress for a second…
One challenge I’m constantly working on is making sure I work in plenty of Beauty into my designs. My Engineering-programmed brain wants to only focus on functionality and efficiency. That’s fine for maximizing production out of Permaculture principles, but is only one side of the coin. There’s no reason systems can’t look great, while they produce great. So I’m getting better. For example, when I recently planted the beds in front of the Shade Trellis for our coop, I put a few companion plants next to the grapevines. There are several possibilities for deterring grape leaf munching pests, but I chose geraniums. No reason a good looking flower can’t do that job.
Anyway, for too long the DIY coop I built just looked like this:
Now the girls have a little something welcoming them back inside when it’s time to lay my breakfast.
If you need to add a little beauty to your coop, or kitchen, go check out Sarah and her store at ChickenArt.com. I’m sure you’ll find something you or your ladies can’t live without.
Question of the Day: Do you decorate your coop? Give me the run down.